FINCH — South Nation Conservation (SNC)’s Water Response Team is sticking with the level II (moderate) drought conditions advisory originally issued on July 8.
Rainfall received last month did ultimately improve the precipitation picture in July. However, surface water and stream flows currently remain well below average with less than 50 per cent of normal levels for this time of year, says SNC in a press release today.
Since issuing a moderate drought warning at the beginning of July, SNC staff have continuously monitored rainfall, streamflow and water level conditions and have not seen conditions improve over the last month. Moderate water supply issues continue to be observed across the jurisdiction.
Although Environment Canada’s three-month forecast for August to October indicates above-normal temperatures and precipitation for most of Eastern Ontario, a significant amount of rainfall across the jurisdiction would be required for conditions to return to normal, according to the watershed authority. But no significant rainfall is forecast in the next couple of weeks.
SNC continues to receive reports of dry wells from residents across the jurisdiction. Many small streams are beginning to dry up; creeks and rivers showing increasing algae growth and decreasing water quality.
Residents, businesses and other industries throughout the jurisdiction are asked to reduce their water consumption by 20 percent and limit non-essential uses (e.g. lawn watering, car washing, etc.) because of the conditions.
Be aware cognizant of your municipality’s water and fire by-laws, advises SNC, which also encourages landowners, businesses, and industries to contact their office if experiencing any unusual water-related problems.
SNC’s Water Response Team, created under the Ontario Low Water Response Program, consists of representatives from provincial and municipal governments, agriculture and other special interest groups. The watershed authority assures the public that it continues to monitor the situation.